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Oak Bay makes ‘Plan B’ for sewage

The district of Oak Bay is searching for a “Plan B” when it comes to sewage treatment.

At its meeting Monday night, council asked staff to begin discussions with the municipality of Saanich and City of Victoria to collectively come up with an alternate plan to the one currently on the Capital Regional District’s table.

“It pains me to start to fracture with the CRD this way, but we’re obligated to prepare with backup plans. This is very preliminary at this point,” said mayor Nils Jensen.

He pointed out that West Shore communities are doing the same thing.

“I’m sure it will evolve over the next few months and years. It’s a very significant expenditure, for not only Oak Bay, but for the CRD generally. It’s something we have to monitor.”

If the three communities come up with their own alternative plan to the one the CRD has in the works, it would still need CRD approval, said Jensen.

“The core Liquid Waste Management Plan includes seven communities, it’s possible for the CRD to divide it into three and four – it gives us all something to think about,” he said.

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